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Now Playing # (21) The Prophets (Al-Anbiya)

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

SECTION: 1
The Day of Accountability for mankind is getting closer and closer, yet they are heedless and are turning away from the admonition.[1] They listen with ridicule to each fresh warning that comes to them from their Rabb and remain engaged in the sports.[2] Their hearts are preoccupied with worldly affairs; these wrongdoers say to each other in private: Is this man (Muhammad) not a human being like yourselves? Would you follow witchcraft with your eyes open?[3] Tell them: My Rabb has knowledge of every word which is spoken in the heavens and the earth, and He hears all and knows all."[4] Rather, some of them say, this Quran is jumble of dreams! Others say: He has made it all up! And yet others say: He is a poet! Let him bring to us a sign as did the former Rasools."[5] The fact, however, is that even though We showed Signs to the prior people, not a single nation before them, which We destroyed, ever believed. Will they believe?[6] The Rasools which We sent before you, O Muhammad, were also human to whom We sent revelation. If you, O objectors, do not know this, then ask the people of the reminder (Jews and Christians).[7] We did not give them bodies which could survive without food, nor were they immortal.[8] Then We fulfilled Our promise with them: We saved them and those whom We pleased, and destroyed the transgressors.[9] Now, O People, We have sent down to you a Book (The Quran) which deals with matters concerning yourselves; why dont you understand?[10]

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The Day of Accountability is getting closer, but the disbelievers are still heedless to the admonition and dispute as to how a human being can be a Rasool

SECTION: 2
How many nations We have destroyed because of their iniquities and replaced them by other nations![11] When they felt that Our punishment was coming, they took to their heels and fled.[12] They were told: Do not run away. Return to your luxuries of life and to your homes, so that you may be asked questions."[13] They replied: Woe to us! Indeed we were wrongdoers."[14] They kept on repeating that statement till We mowed them down, leaving no spark of life in them.[15]

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Prior nations were destroyed due to similar iniquities

Our creation of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them is not a game.[16] Had We meant to make it a play ground, We would have done it by Ourself, without giving you discretion to do right and wrong, had We ever done so.[17] Nay! We give falsehood a violent blow with the Truth to knock it out and behold! Falsehood vanishes away. Woe be to you, for all the false gods you have invented.[18]

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The creation of the heavens and earth is not a game

To Him belongs all that exists in the heavens and in the earth; and the angels, who are in His very presence, are not too proud to serve Him, nor do they feel wearied of His service.[19] They glorify Him night and day; and do not pause.[20] Have the earthly deities, that they have taken for worship, the power to raise the dead?[21] If there were other gods in the heavens or in the earth besides Allah, both the heavens and earth would have been in a state of disorder. Glory be to Allah, the Lord of the Throne, absolutely free is He from the falsehood that they attribute to Him.[22] He is accountable to none about what He does, but they are accountable to Him.[23] Even then, have they taken other deities for worship besides Him? Ask them: Show us your proof: here is this reminder (Al-Quran) for the people of my time and it also contains the reminder of those before me." But most of them have no knowledge of Reality, and that is why they have turned away.[24]

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If there were more than One God, the heavens and earth would have been in a state of disorder

The fact is that to every Rasool whom We sent before you, We revealed the same Message: There is no god but Me, so worship Me Alone."[25] In spite of receiving that message, they still say: The Beneficent (Allah) has offspring! Glory be to Him! The angels are but His honored servants.[26] They do not precede Him in speaking and they act according to His commandment.[27] He knows what is before them and what is behind them and they do not intercede except for the one whom He approves, and for fear of Him they tremble.[28] If any of them were to say: I am also a deity besides Him, We would send him to hell, thus shall We reward the wrongdoers.[29]

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All Rasools were sent with the same Message: "There is no god but Allah, so worship Him Alone."

SECTION: 3
Have not the unbelievers ever considered that the skies and the earth were once one mass, then We split them asunder? And We have created every living thing from water. Will they still not believe?[30] And We have planted mountains on earth lest it should tilt to one side with them (the weight of people) and We left between them open passages so that they may find the right direction.[31] And We have made the sky a safe canopy: yet they are heedless to these signs.[32] He is the One Who has created the night and the day and the sun and the moon: all (the celestial bodies) move swiftly in orbits of their own.[33]

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The skies and earth once were one mass; Allah split them asunder, and He created all living things from water

O Muhammad, We have not granted immortality to any human before you: so if you are to die, will these unbelievers live forever?[34] Every soul is bound to have the taste of death. We are putting all of you to a test by passing you through bad and good conditions, and finally you shall return to Us.[35] When the unbelievers see you they do not take you but for one to be scoffed at, saying: Is this the one who talks against your gods? And they themselves deny the mention of the Compassionate (Allah).[36] Man is a creature of haste (impatience). Soon I will show you My signs, therefore, you need not be impatient.[37] They ask: When will this promise be fulfilled if you are telling the truth?[38] They would not have asked this question if only the unbelievers knew the Day when they will be able to protect neither their faces from the fire of hell nor their backs, nor will they be helped![39] Nay, it will come to them all of a sudden and overpower them so abruptly that they shall neither be able to avert it nor shall they get any respite.[40] As for their scoffing, the Rasools before you were also scoffed at; but their scoffers were hemmed in by the very thing at which they used to scoff.[41]

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Allah has not granted immortality to any human being. If Rasools are doomed to die, how are disbelievers going to live forever?

SECTION: 4
Ask them, Who is there to protect you by night and by day from the wrath of the Compassionate? Yet they turn away from the admonition of their Rabb.[42] Do they have such gods who can defend them against Us? Their gods can neither help themselves nor can they protect themselves from Us.[43] The fact is that We gave the good things of this life to them and their forefathers until they got used to these things because of their prolonged lives; can they not see how We gradually reduce the land which was in their control and curtail it from all sides? Do they still expect to be victorious against Us?[44] Tell them, I am warning you on the authority of Revelation, but the deaf choose not to listen to the call when they are warned![45] Yet even if a breath from the Wrath of your Rabb was to touch them, they will certainly say, Woe to us! No doubt we were wrongdoers."[46] On the Day of Judgement We shall set up scales of justice so that no one will be dealt with unjustly in any way; even if someone has an act as small as a grain of a mustard seed, We will bring it to account, and sufficient are We to settle the accounts.[47]

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Invented gods cannot even defend themselves; how will they defend the unbelievers against Allah?


The scale of justice shall be set up on the Day of Judgment

Certainly, We granted to Musa (Moses) and Haroon (Aaron) the Criterion of right and wrong, a light and a reminder for those righteous people[48] who fear their Rabb though they have not seen Him, and dread the Day of Judgment.[49] And now We have revealed this blessed Reminder (The Quran). Will you then deny it?[50]

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Musa was given Al-Furqn (the criterion of right and wrong), so is this The Qur'an

SECTION: 5

Even before that We blessed Ibrhm (Abraham) with rectitude, for We knew him well.[51] Remember that occasion when Ibrhm asked his father and his people, What are these images to which you are so devoted?[52] They replied, We found our forefathers worshipping them.[53] He said Then certainly both you and your forefathers have been in manifest error."[54] They asked, Have you brought us the Truth or are you one of the triflers?[55] He replied, Nay! Your Rabb is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. It is He Who has created them; and I am of those who bear witness to this.[56] By Allah! I will certainly plan against your idols when you turn and go away."[57] So he broke them all in pieces, except the biggest of them, so that they might turn to it.[58] (On their return when they saw the plight of their idols), some asked, Who has done this to our gods? He must surely be a wicked person![59] Others replied, We heard a youth, called Ibrhm, talking about them."[60] They said, Then bring him here before the eyes of the people, so that they may witness how severely he is punished."[61] When Ibrhm came, they asked, O Ibrhm, are you the one who has done this to our gods?[62] He replied, Surely someone has done it; the chief of them, that is! Ask them, if they can speak![63] Thereupon they turned to search their own consciences, and said to themselves, Surely you yourselves are the wrongdoers![64] Confounded as they were, lowering their heads they said, You know fully well that they cannot speak."[65] At this Ibrhm said, Do you then worship these deities, instead of Allah, who can neither benefit nor harm you?[66] Shame on you and on those deities you worship besides Allah! Have you no sense at all?[67] They cried, Burn him alive and avenge your gods, if you want to take any action."[68] When they threw him in the fire, We commanded, O fire! Be cool and comfortable for Ibrhm."[69] They sought to harm him, but We made them the big losers.[70] We delivered him and his nephew Lt (Lot) and directed them to the land which We have blessed for all the people of the world.[71]

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Ibrhm questioned the idol worshipping of his father and his people





Ibrhm broke all their idols to show that the gods who cannot even defend themselves, cannot be of any benefit to them





They decided to burn him alive but Allah commanded the fire to be cool and comfortable for Ibrhm

We gave him a son Ishq (Isaac) and then a grandson Ya'qoob (Jacob); and We made each of them a righteous man.[72] We made them leaders who guided other people by Our command and We sent them revelations to do good deeds, establish Salah and pay Zakah. Us Alone did they serve.[73] To Lt (Lot) We gave wisdom and knowledge, and We delivered him from the town which practiced abominations - surely its inhabitants were very wicked transgressors[74] - and We admitted him to Our mercy: for he was of the righteous people.[75]

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Allah blessed Ibrhm with a son (Ishq) and then a grandson (Ya'qoob) and made each of them prophets

SECTION: 6
Before them Nh (Noah) prayed to Us, We accepted his prayer and delivered him and his family from the great calamity.[76] We helped him against those people who had denied Our revelations; surely they were an evil people, so We drowned them all in the Great Flood.[77]

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Allah accepted the prayer of Nh against the unbelievers

We also bestowed favors upon Dawd (David) and Sulaimn (Solomon): when the two were judging a case regarding the field into which the sheep of certain people had strayed by night, and We were watching them to arrive at judgment,[78] at that time We gave Sulaimn insight to arrive at the right decision, although We had given wisdom and knowledge to both of them. We caused the mountains and the birds to celebrate Our praises with Dawd; it was We Who made this happen.[79] We taught him the armors craft, so that they might protect you in your wars: yet are you ever grateful?[80] We made the raging winds subservient to Sulaimn, pursuing its course by his command to the land which We had blessed; and We have knowledge of everything.[81] And We had subjected to him many of the shaitns who dived for him into the sea and performed other duties besides this; and We were the One Who had control over them for him.[82]

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Allah blessed Prophets Dawd and Sulaimn with wisdom, knowledge, and kingdoms

Similarly We blessed Ayb, when he prayed to his Rabb saying, I am badly afflicted with disease: but of all those who show mercy You are the most Merciful."[83] We accepted his prayer and relieved his affliction, and restored not only his family but also as many more with them as a favor from Us so that it may serve as a reminder to Our worshippers.[84]

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Allah accepted the Prophet Ayb's prayer and removed his affliction

Likewise, We blessed Ismail (Ishmael), Idrs and Zul-kifl, for all of them practised patience.[85] We admitted them to Our Mercy, for they were of the righteous people.[86] We blessed Zun-nn (Ynus / Jonah), when he departed in anger, thinking We would not take him to task for this, but later he prayed to Us from the depths of darkness, There is no god but You, glory be to You! Indeed I was the one who committed wrong."[87] We accepted his prayer and delivered him from distress; thus do We deliver the believers.[88] We also blessed Zakariya, when he prayed to his Rabb, O my Rabb! Do not let me remain childless even though You are the best of inheritors.[89] We accepted his prayer and gave him Yahya (John), curing his wife for him to bear a child. They were ever quick in emulating good deeds and called on Us with hope, fear, and submission.[90] And We blessed the woman (Maryam), who guarded her chastity, We breathed into her of Our Spirit and We made her and her son a sign for the whole world.[91]

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Allah accepted the prayers and blessed Prophets Isma`il, Zul-kifl, Ynus, and Zakariya and also blessed Maryam

Verily this brotherhood of yours is a single brotherhood and I am your only Rabb, therefore worship Me Alone.[92] But the people have divided their religion into sects between them- to Us they shall all return.[93]

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Mankind is but one brotherhood

SECTION: 7 Whoever shall do good deeds, provided he is a believer, his endeavor will not be rejected: We are recording it all for him.[94] It is not possible that a nation which We have destroyed may rise again.[95] Until, when Gog and Magog will be let loose and they will swiftly swarm from every height,[96] and the time of fulfillment for the True Promise will draw near, then behold! The eyes of the unbelievers will fixedly stare in horror: O woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this warning; nay we were wrongdoers."[97]

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Whoever does good deed, provided he is a believer, his endeavor will not be rejected

Surely you (O mushrikn) and your deities that you worship besides Allah shall be the fuel of hell; therein you shall all enter.[98] If those deities would have been true gods, they would not have gotten there; but there they shall abide forever.[99] In there, sobbing will be their lot, and they will not be able to hear anything else.[100] Certainly those for whom the good reward from Us has preceded them will be kept far away from it.[101] They shall not hear even its slightest sound, and they shall dwell forever in the midst of whatever their souls desire.[102] The time of Great Terror (Day of Judgement) will not grieve them, and the angels will receive them with greetings: This is your Day that you were promised."[103] On that Day We shall roll up the heavens like a scroll of writings; just as We originated the first creation, so shall We produce it again - that is Our promise, and We will fulfill it.[104] We wrote this in The Zaboor (Psalms xxxvii, 29) after the reminder (Torah given to Musa): that as for the land, My righteous servants shall inherit it."[105] Surely in this is great news for those people who worship Us.[106]

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The Day of Judgment and the fate of the disbelievers and the believers

O Muhammad, We have not sent you but as a blessing for all the worlds.[107] Tell them: It has been revealed to me that your God is One God - will you then become Muslims?[108] If they give no heed, tell them: I have warned you all alike in complete fairness; now I do not know whether what you are threatened with is near or far.[109] It is He Who knows your spoken words and hidden thoughts.[110] I do not know whether this delay is a trial for you or you are being given respite for an appointed time.[111] Finally the Prophet said: O Rabb! Pass Your Judgment with fairness. And O People! Our Rabb is most Compassionate, Whose help we seek against the blasphemies you utter."[112]

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Allah has sent Muhammad (pbuh) as a blessing for all the worlds (humans, jinns, and others)

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* The main issue for the people to consider is the Message of Allah rather than disputing about whether a human can be a Rasool.
* The creation of heaven and earth is not a game.
* If there were more than one God, the heavens and earth would have been in a state of disorder.
* The skies and earth once were one mass; Allah split them asunder and created the different planets.
* Allah has created all living beings from water.
* Allah has not granted immortality to any human being.
* Humans' invented gods cannot even defend themselves; how can they defend their worshippers.
* Prophet Musa (pbuh) was given Al-Furqn, so is this Al-Quran (The Qur'an) given to Muhammad (pbuh).
* Prophet Ibrhm (pbuh) was not an idol worshipper but an idol breaker.
* Mankind is but a single brotherhood.
* Whoever will do good deeds provided he is a believer, his endeavor shall not be rejected.
* Allah has sent Muhammad (pbuh) as a blessing for all the worlds (humans, jinns, and others).
 

The objection of the disbelievers that a human being could not be a Rasool of Allah, and that they could not accept Muhammad (pbuh) as a prophet, has been refuted. Examples have been cited from the life stories of the various prophets to show that all the prophets who were sent by Allah were human beings. They had no share in god-head and they had to implore Allah to fulfill each and every necessity of their lives. All the prophets had to pass through distress and affliction; their opponents did their best to thwart their mission, but in spite of it they came out successful with the help of Allah. Finally all the prophets had one and the same Deen (way of life), which is being presented by Muhammad (pbuh), and that is the only Right Way, while all other ways invented by human beings are utterly wrong.

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3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran) listen
4 The Women (An-Nisah) listen
5 The Table (Al-Maeda) listen
6 The Cattle (Al-An'aam) listen
7 The Heights (Al-A'raf) listen
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9 The Repentance(At-Tawba) listen
10 Jonah (Yunus) listen
11 The Prophet Hud (Hud) listen
12 Joseph (Yusuf) listen
13 The Thunder (Al-Ra'd) listen
14 Abraham (Imbrahim) listen
15 The Rocky Tract(Al-Hijr) listen
16 The Bees (An-Nahl) listen
17 The Night Journey (Al-Isra) listen
18 The Cave (Al-Kahf) listen
19 Mary (Maryam) listen
20 Ta-Ha (Ta-Ha) listen
21 The Prophets (Al-Anbiya) listen
22 The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj) listen
23 The Believers (Al-Muminun) listen
24 The Light (An-Nour) listen
25 The Criterion (Al-Furqan) listen
26 The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara) listen
27 The Ants (An-Naml) listen
28 The Narration (Al-Qasas) listen
29 The Spider (Al-Ankaboot) listen
30 The Romans (Al-Rum) listen
31 Luqman (Luqman) listen
32 The Prostration (As-Sajda) listen
33 The Confederates (Al-Ahzab) listen
34 Sheba (Saba) listen
35 The Originator of Creation (Fatir) listen
36 Ya-Seen (Ya Seen) listen
37 The Rangers (As-Saffat) listen
38 The Letter Sad (Sad) listen
39 The Groups (Az-Zumar) listen
40 The Forgiver (Ghafir) listen
41 Explained in Detail (Fussilat) listen
42 The Consultation (Ash-Shura) listen
43 Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf) listen
44 The Smoke (Ad-Dukhan) listen
45 The Kneeling (Al-Jathiya) listen
46 The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf) listen
47 Muhammad (47) listen
48 The Victory (Al-Fath) listen
49 The Dwellings (Al-Hujurat) listen
50 The Letter Qaf (Qaf) listen
51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat) listen
52 The Mount (At-Tur) listen
53 The Star (An-Najm) listen
54 The Moon (Al-Qamar) listen
55 The Most Beneficent (Ar-Rahman) listen
56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a) listen
57 The Iron (Al-Hadid) listen
58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala) listen
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr) listen
60 The Examined One (Al-Mumtahina) listen
61 The Row (As-Saff) listen
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah) listen
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon) listen
64 Loss and Gain (At-Taghabun) listen
65 The Divorce (At-Talaq) listen
66 Prohibition (At-Tahreem) listen
67 Dominion (Al-Mulk) listen
68 The Pen (Al-Qalam) listen
69 The Reality (Al-Haaqqa) listen
70 The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij) listen
71 Noah (Nuh) listen
72 The Jinn (Al-Jinn) listen
73 The Enshrouded One (Al-Muzzammil) listen
74 The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir) listen
75 The-Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah) listen
76 Man (Al-Insan) listen
77 Those Sent Forth (Al-Mursalat) listen
78 The News (An-Naba) listen
79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat) listen
80 He frowned (Abasa) listen
81 The Folding Up (At-Takwir) listen
82 The Cleaving (Al-Infitar) listen
83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin) listen
84 The Splitting Asunder (Al-Inshiqaq) listen
85 The Mansions of the Stars (Al-Burooj) listen
86 The Night Comer (At-Tariq) listen
87 The Most High (Al-A'la) listen
88 The Overwhelming (Al-Ghashiya) listen
89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr) listen
90 The City (Al-Balad) listen
91 The Sun (Ash-Shams) listen
92 The Night (Al-Layl) listen
93 The Morning Hours (Ad-Dhuha) listen
94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah) listen
95 The Figs (At-Teen) listen
96 The Clot (Al-Alaq) listen
97 The Night of Decree (Al-Qadr) listen
98 The Clear Proof (Al-Bayyina) listen
99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala) listen
100 The Courser (Al-Adiyat) listen
101 The Calamity (Al-Qariah) listen
102 Rivalry in world increase (At-Takathur) listen
103 The Declining Day (Al-Asr) listen
104 The Slanderer (Al-Humaza) listen
105 The Elephant (Al-Feel) listen
106 Quraish ( Quraish) listen
107 Small Kindnesses (Al-Maun) listen
108 Abundance (Al-Kawthar) listen
109 The Disbelievers (Al-Kafiroon) listen
110 Divine- Support (An-Nasr) listen
111 The Flame (Al-Masadd) listen
112 Sincerity (Al-Ikhlas) listen
113 The Daybreak (Al-Falaq) listen
114 The Mankind (An-Nas) listen

 

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